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July 28 2018 By dvirtue Leviticus in The New York Times: What's the Real Story Here?

But if European and American cultures have been morally shaped by the Bible, these same cultures are now haunted by the Bible. The Bible haunts all the modern efforts to push a vast revolution in morality -- specifically sexual morality. The main restraint on the sexual revolution has been the abiding power of Judeo-Christian moral instincts drawn from Scripture.

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July 26 2018 By dvirtue Creating a New Version of Leviticus to Support Gay Sex

In his New York Times op-ed piece, Dr. Dershowitz summarizes his 2017 academic article published in the journal Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel. (Is it any surprise that the Times decided to publish his piece?)

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July 23 2018 By dvirtue THE BLOOD-SHEDDING: PART ONE

The shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ, its occurrence and effects, constitutes the heart of the Christian gospel. The truth of the poured out precious blood of Christ is the in-erasable and essential content of the divine message of salvation wrought on behalf of mankind. It is the core of the testimony of historic Anglicanism declared to the world.

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June 24 2018 By virtueonline Does the Bible Require the Christian Always to Obey Laws?

It is difficult for me to believe, at this stage of my life, that anyone thinks the Bible actually requires unconditional obedience to all laws.

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June 16 2018 By virtueonline Islam, Worldview, and the Deep Questions of Life

The main lecture room was full of eager, young students and a handful of visiting pastors and faculty. During one of the lectures I made a point about apologetics -- that being able to answer Muslim objections to Christianity is useful, but in the end what leads to religious conversion is the context of a personal relationship.

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June 07 2018 By virtueonline The Uniqueness of Jesus and the Way of the Cross

Not so many weeks ago we made that Easter shout, "Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!" Our lives as Christians do not rest merely on the memory of a religious founder. Jesus is alive! He is with us through the Spirit, as he promised, "to the end of the age," even as we await his embodied return at the close of the age.

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May 30 2018 By dvirtue The statistics on the slow evaporation of European Christianity

In most cases, the adults interviewed consider themselves Christians, even if they rarely attend church. The survey shows that non-practicing Christians (people who identify themselves as Christians, but participate in religious services only a few times a year) represent the largest share of the population in the region concerned.

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May 23 2018 By dvirtue Contention 6: TRINITY SUNDAY: GOD THE FATHER'S DAY

One of the few I found was by Tom Smail, titled The Forgotten Father (1980). Interestingly, Smail was a leader in the charismatic movement in the 1970s. He was, however, not an uncritical leader. Smail argues:

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May 17 2018 By dvirtue Why Cranmer Would Have Approved of The Oxford Martyrs' Memorial

Stylishly as usual, Orwell Prize winner Mr Hitchens wrote: 'I usually salute the actual site of the burnings as I pass (bicycling in Oxford), though mainly in memory of Thomas Cranmer, rather more to my liking than Latimer or Ridley, because he really wasn't very brave. Cranmer had been made to watch the deaths of his old friends, so he knew exactly what to expect and fear. He was reduced to ashes in the same place (then a bleak and squalid ditch) some time later.

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May 15 2018 By dvirtue Latimer and Ridley are Forgotten

For about four hundred years, the memory of this era made Englishness and Protestantism almost synonymous. Right down to my father's Edwardian generation, only recently extinct, many English people equated popery with tyranny and foreign autocracy. Still in my childhood Queen Mary was referred to as "Bloody Mary" in the presence of children--a shocking thing, since "bloody" was also in those days a swear word of some power, taboo in polite society.

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